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6 Nations Rugby – Where to watch Europe’s major Rugby tournament.

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

We know that the Ice Hockey is by far the biggest draw in Canada when it comes to Contact Sports, and as far as contact sports go it is certainly all the rage out here, it was also all ‘the rage’ in the literal sense as it seems that lately there has been a bit more fisticuffs as opposed to the actual game being played once the puck has been dropped.

For anyone who is not sure what we are referencing, take a look up the last Vancouver Canucks game versus the Calgary Flames, this game certainly had it all when it comes to drama and a little dust up between players.
Check out the link and you will see what we are writing about: http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2014/01/canucks-flames-fight-line-brawl-tortorella/

So on the subject of Contacts Sports, in a weeks time, Europe’s major Rugby Union tournament kicks off for the opening round of the RBS Six Nations. It is sure to be a great one this year as many see this championship as a wide open affair with many not sure who will take the title this year.

If you are from Europe or just a Rugby fanatic in general, then we will help you find where you catch the games live and enjoy the very best of Northern Hemisphere rugby.

DOOLINS BAR
Doolins Irish Bar/The Cellar will be hosting the games live in action and will show the replays later if the time of day is too much for you to watch live….but hey, its just not the same atmosphere on repeat. Either way, you will have the chance to watch the games in real time and with a bunch of Rugby Fanatics who love this particular tournament, it is usually a lively and boisterous crowd so the experience of watching the Europeans get a little feisty of fun on its own!

To see what time Doolins are opening and what the RBS 6 Nations Schedule looks like click here: https://www.facebook.com/events/727464030600045/

Admittedly there is some Bias here as the writer of this particular blog is very excited about the event, due to the Welsh roots and the fact the the Welsh Boys in red are chasing a Third Consecutive championship title, something a team has never achieved in the history of the entire tournament. This tournament has more weight to it as it is the penultimate showdown before the 2015 Rugby World Cup – so for the next season or so, the teams really want to step up as this is the start of the long campaign to the ultimate tournament in Rugby Union.

For more information on the Rugby World Cup 2015 click here: http://www.rugbyworldcup.com/

Here is a look at the highlights from last years celebrations after Wales played England with in the final match of the 2013 6 Nations championship – it was a memorable winners take all game and showcases some very good Rugby!

1st Half highlights
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PWr_QCR7n4

2nd Half Highlights
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJMuEDuVi58

Sports in Vancouver

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

If you are a fan of Sport, take a look at the most popular Sporting venues and click on their respective links for any events.

ICE HOCKEY (NHL)
VANCOUVER CANUCKS are the Senior Ice Hockey team that play in the Western Conference. They have had a good run of it over the last few years, even making it to the Stanley Cup Final in 2011, some of you may have heard about that one on the news…the Canucks Goalie Roberto Luongo was also the Goalie for the Canadian National Gold Medal winning team of 2011.
They play at the Rogers Arena which is opposite BC Place which is the home of the BC Lions and the Whitecaps.

http://canucks.nhl.com/

VANCOUVER GIANTS JUNIOR HOCKEY – The Canucks maybe the Big Boys of the game, however there are the Juniors to watch and they are great, its fast and its the new batch for the future…
You can watch them at their home stadium at The Pacific Coliseum

http://www.vancouvergiants.com/

CANADIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE (CFL)
The BC Lions play their home games at BC PLACE which is also a venue for major Concerts and other extravagant events.
Their original home was at Empire Stadium from 1954 to 1982 until they moved to bigger pastures at BC place.
They currently play in the Western Conference and are the only team to have won THE GREY CUP.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
THE VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FOOTBALL TEAM are the local Soccer team who play at BC Place, in their inaugural season they were playing temporarily at the Empire Stadium near the PNE in East Vancouver. The Whitecaps are the first Western team to qualify for the MLS League Playoffs.
The team has become very popular with some major signings from very well established players coming from Major Top Tier Soccer leagues from around the world.

http://www.whitecapsfc.com/bc-place

BASEBALL
THE VANCOUVER CANADIANS BASEBALL TEAM are part of the Baseball Minor League and play their home games at The Scotia Bank Field at NAT BAILEY STADIUM which is very close to QUEEN ELIZABETH PARK
The team are affiliated with the TORONTO BLUE JAYS and they play in the NorthWest League.

http://www.milb.com/

WINTER OLYMPICS/PARA-OLYMPIC VENUES
It already seems an age to us since the 2010 WINTER OLYMPIC games were held in Vancouver and Whistler. Many of the venues used for the games have been mentioned above, stadia such as BC PLACE, ROGERS ARENA, THE PACIFIC COLISEUM were all used to host various events.

New modern state of the art Venues were created for the games and were built to be used for future Sports and Recreation such as the following.

RICHMOND OLYMPIC OVAL
A fantastic Venue that is to some the jewel in the crown of this major sporting event, the OVAL is quite an impressive facility that includes the following: State of the Art Gym Facilities (with over 100 different cardio focused equipment), 2 Olympic Sized Ice Rinks, 18 badminton courts, Soccer pitches, Basketball & Volleyball Courts, and much much more… http://richmondoval.ca/default.aspx

The Olympics also used Cypress Mountain for various Skiing & Halfpipe events http://cypressmountain.com/

For details on Whistler…click here…http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/

Events to look out for over the next couple of weeks…

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012
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Here are some events to look out for over the next couple of weeks.

Ice Hockey
The NHL maybe locked out and that means that the Vancouver Canucks are out of action, but fear not – there is another team to watch
The Vancouver Giants are a team you can watch live, check out our calendar for all their home games.
See them at The Pacific Coliseum ( Hastings Park, 100 N. Renfrew, Phone: 604-253-2311 ) at The PNE.

www.vancouvergiants.com

www.pne.ca/venuerentals/pacific-coliseum.html

Food Markets – Christmas Markets
The weekend Farmers Markets are quite a success around the city and are becoming so popular that we are seeing them occur during the weekends in the winter. So go and see the the Vancouver Winter Farmers Market
This is a great way to support the local community by buying Organic locally grown produce all year round.

http://www.eatlocal.org/

For those of you who love baking and Christmas, there is also the Vancouver Bakers Market and the return of the annual German themed Vancouver Christmas Market

http://www.bakersmarket.com

www.vancouverchristmasmarket.com

See the dazzling Capilano Canyon Lights

The Capilano Suspension Bridge and the Forest canopy come alive in spectacular fashion at this annual Festive event, a great way to see the bridges during the winter season.

http://www.capbridge.com/explore/canyon-lights/

Welcome to the Hollywood north…

Monday, November 26th, 2012

There has been quite the buzz in the air this week due to some very famous musicians coming to town. Last night we had Sir Paul McCartney pay our town a visit, and by all accounts he was pretty awesome, and tonight Vancouver welcomes ‘The Boss’ Bruce Springsteen to entertain us.

It was Mr McCartney’s first visit back to the city after he last toured here with a band he used to be the bass player and sometime songwriter with, you may well have had heard of them….

Back on August 22nd 1964 a British band called The Beatles were riding high as their meteoric rise to fame as the leaders of the British Invasion came to Canada for the first time at The Empire Stadium. Playing in front of over 20,000 people with a set that included just 11 songs 48 years ago. This set was very different, not only was he playing to an audience of over 60,000 – he also had plenty more songs to play with too, armed with material that spanned his whole career as a Beatle, Wings front-man and solo work it was to be a long set, 3 hours to be precise…not bad for a man in his 70s.

Vancouver and Toronto are known to many as the Hollywood north due to their locations being used for the film industry, but as you can see from the kind of musicians that come to tour here, it draws all kinds of entertainment in this very eclectic cultural scene. Vancouver really prides itself as the cultural hub of Canada, between Toronto and here you will do no wrong with the entertainment scene.

Many live acts that come to Vancouver use the city to either begin or end some of their mammoth world tours, the stadium used for some of the bigger acts are BC Place which is home to the BC Lions and Vancouver Whitecaps, or Rogers Arena which is the home of Vancouver Canucks Hockey.

The reference of Vancouver and Toronto being known as the Hollywood north is not something we say facetiously, it really is the case.
Vancouver is home to the Vancouver Film Studio, the largest studio outside of Los Angeles.

Many many films have been recorded in and around Vancouver and the biggest one that has many tourists flocking here is none other than The Twilight films. This film is currently flying high at the box office and Vancouver is very proud to be used to film this popular series.

So choose the Sunset Inn and Suites as somewhere to stay if you are here for an event, we are located close enough to these venues to walk and just outside the noisy buzz of the downtown core so you can get a well earned rest after the buzz has died down.

http://www.rogersarena.ca


www.bcplacestadium.com/

For the best listings of entertainment click on the links below to see what is happening in around the city, and also check the calender for listings and links.

www.straight.com

www.tourismvancouver.com/do/entertainment/

Huge Sporting weekend coming up in Vancity!

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Vancouver is going to be one hell of a busy city this weekend and it is going to be a huge treat for any budding sporting fan out there.

Saturday March 10th is the beginning of Soccer season for the Vancouver Whitecaps, whom are opening up their first game of the season at a Jam packed BC Place with 23,000 faithful supporters coming to cheer the Whitecaps on against The Montreal Impact…………. there is more!!!!

To cap off this sporting weekend, the Vancouver Canucks are also entertaining Montreal just across the road at Rogers Arena in the NHL, where the faithful Canucks Supporters will fill Rogers arena with almost 20,000 in attendance. It is quite literally a doubleheader battle between East Vs West, Anglophone vs Francophone…so bring it on!

This year will also mark the beginning of the first full season of soccer games at the newly renovated BC Place Stadium, a few of the last games were played immediately after the renovations were completed in mid 2011. Whilst the majority of games of the 2011 season were played at at the temporary home for the Whitecaps, out at The Empire Field in East Vancouver, which is next to the PNE fairground attraction. BC Place is also home to the BC Lions Football team of the CFL League.

BC Place stadium has been a very famous landmark on the Vancouver Skyline, built in 1984, the Stadium was famous for its unmistakable Inflated roof. The roof itself made the headlines back in January 2006 when due to severe weather and the weight of Rain and Snow, the elements managed to tear a large hole in the roof, which marked the only time the roof had to be temporarily deflated in its history.

The stadium went through some major and massive renovations during 2011, it was time to say goodbye to the old inflated roof, and a welcome to a more modern structure. The stadium now literally looks like a huge Crown and further more it now boasts a stylish retractable roof. As sad as it was to see the Inflatable roof disappear, the venue has not lost its dominance on the Vancouver skyline and is still just as unique today as it has been years gone by. The renovations have really brought this venue into the 21st century and is proud to boast of some impressive facilities which is sure to impress any visitor here.

The Whitecaps are now in their 17th year. For many of the staff at The Sunset Inn and especially one Micheal Wright, the Whitecaps are now quite the institution in the Vancouver Sporting world. The fans are really what make up the atmosphere at this Stadium, specifically the famous ‘Southsiders’ who are the largest group of supporters here, who feature regularly at events associated with the team and can be seen and heard very clearly at the home games, there are some that come to the game just to witness the Southsiders at play! Also, a recently formed group called “La Doce’ were created in January 2011, these are fans who are made up from the old Spanish group of supporters, formally known as the ‘Spanish 12′ adopting the idea that they are the 12th member of the Whitecaps, the group is made up of Latin American and Spanish Fans from all over.

The Whitecaps V Montreal Kicks off at 3PM at BC Place.

Then the Vancouver Canucks vs Montreal kicks off just across the Georgia Street Viaduct at Rogers Arena at 7pm.

If you will like to see them on the TV you can catch these games on Sportsnet and in HIGH DEFINITION, we are proud to announce that as of this week the hotel now is now HD.

Welcome to the Sunset Inn Blog!

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

We are delighted to announce and welcome to you to the very first Sunset Inn blog.

If you are brand new to this hotel and website, the staff here at the hotel will like to say a big hello and a very warm welcome.

Our aim of this blog is to keep you up to date with any exciting news and new developments from within the hotel, as well as any great events and other items of notable interest that will be occurring in and around Vancouver.

We will like to give you a detailed description of what makes Vancouver one of the most live-able cites in the world. With the hotel nestled in the heart of The West End just south of Davie Village you will discover the charm of a warm community and a chance to be able to embrace the delights of a neighbourhood that is not only stunning, but one of the most cosmopolitan and vibrant areas that is just a stones throw away from the heart of Vancouver’s Downtown core.

We are centrally located to many of the major attractions, so from here you will be able to discover the beautiful scenery of Stanley Park (home to the Vancouver Aquarium), go shopping at Robson Street or Metro-town, or enjoy the sights of Granville Island where you can visit the bustling Public market, or just simply enjoy ambling through the boutique shops and restaurants that are found spread across this very popular destination.

We will also want to bring your attention to the more obscure places of Vancouver that the locals know about. Places of beauty and interest such as Deep Cove, Lynn Canyon and Bowen Island plus much much more.

Not only we will introduce to the sights of Vancouver, but we will also like to keep you up to date on any Sporting events, music and entertainment shows, and any other events that we feel are worth a look. Our Calender will be regularly filled and updated so you will be able to catch up with what this city has to offer.

Be sure to check the Calender for all the Vancouver Cancucks Home games, BC Lions Football and Vancouver Whitecaps Soccer, as well as others….

Over time you will be introduced to the staff of the hotel who enjoy to work hard to create the unique atmosphere that is the Sunset Inn, you will also get to know the many regular faces that stay with us year in year out. You will quickly get to know our different personalities, and we will be delighted for you to get to the know the city from each of our own perspective, this will enable you to capture the vibe and vibrancy of this city with our own personal touch.

At the Sunset Inn you will immediately notice that this is no ordinary hotel. Here we are one big family and we will strive to make sure you feel welcome, enjoy your stay and above all feel that this is literally you home away from home.

Once again, we welcome you to become part of the family at The Sunset Inn and Suites.

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